Adrian Manning, Leicester UK Poet

Blood

home late last night
my wife and kids asleep
house in darkness

strange taste in my mouth
metallic, silver and glistening

I spit out the taste
into the pure white bowl a
nd it’s blood, red not silver
but glistening still

I think this is it I am going to die
alone in a bathroom
continually spitting blood
I’d wake my wife
but she would kill me

by the morning I will be gone
and I wonder if I told her
I loved her today

then I realise it’s my tongue
maybe I cut it with sharp
words earlier spoken
or the beer glass was broken

I am not going to die
I will sleep with a mouth full
of blood
and wake to a new dawn

I think I’m good with that
and I’ll remember to tell
my wife I love her
and I’ll mean it
as if it’s written in
blood

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Adrian Manning lives in Leicester, and you can get his collab with John Dorsey THESE DAYS, DAYS LIKE THIS with cover illus. by Henry Denander-and read it!.